Mission Devotional - February 4, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to see that the bottom line of this amazing life we have been called to here on earth is not to serve ourselves, to win friends, or to influence people, but to serve you - regardless of the cost. Help us to have the strength and the courage to do that today. Amen.

Scripture: Luke 6:20-26

Journal: What do the list of Blessings do within you today? What about the list of Woes? Where is God speaking to you today in these verses? What is he saying?

Reflection: Real training for service asks for a hard and often painful process of self-emptying. The main problem of service is to be the way without being "in the way." And if there are any tools, techniques and skills to be learned they are primarily to plow the field, to cut the weeds and to clip the branches, that it, to take away the obstacles for real growth and development. Training for service is not a training to become rich but to become voluntarily poor; not to fulfill ourselves but to empty ourselves; not to conquer God but to surrender to his saving power. (Reaching Out by Henri Nouwen)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Josh and Jenny M. are working with the RAK Church Plant in the United Arab Emirates. The RAK Evangelical Church has now been formally constituted as a church with about 40 members. Pray today for Josh & Jenny who have recently welcomed their fourth child into their family. To find out more about RAK Church Plant, go to the Reclamation Stories blog and watch a video here.

Homes of Love creates families for orphaned, abandoned, and at-risk children in Southeast Asia and Africa by identifying, training and supporting in-country Christian parents who will raise these children as their own. With access to education, healthcare, and a loving family, Homes of Love children escape the dangers of poverty, abuse, neglect, and sexual exploitation and are freed to pursue healthy, vibrant futures. As of 2015, Homes of Love has 11 homes in Vietnam and 2 in Zimbabwe and is pursuing expansion into Cambodia. Pray today for the staff of this ministry.

Closing Prayer: Almighty God, who sent Jesus to suffer and die for our sake, help us to count the cost of genuine service and by your grace to follow through suffering to joy and through death to resurrection. Through Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen. (A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck)